Residents driving on River Road in Piscataway will be able to see the historic plane that touched down in the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, as it is stopped on its way to the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, N.C.
Spectators were able to literally reach out and touch the plane, and stand face to face with its torn up underbelly, the result of a water landing executed by pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger after engine failure caused by birds.
Shawn Dorsch, president of the Carolinas Aviation Museum was escorting the plane, and said the journey began at 7 a.m. in Kearny, where it had been stored.
The plane is expected to arrive in Charlotte on June 10, around lunchtime, he said.
Once the plane arrives at the museum, it will go on display "Almost immediately,'' he said. Reassembly and restoration of the plane, which will involve reattachment of the wings, will be part of the exhibit, and will take about four months to complete, he said.
The plane is parked directly in front of the Rutgers Stadium entrance on River Road. Traffic disturbance in the area was minimal around 1 p.m. Saturday.